This painting was commissioned by George Stephenson's son, Robert, shortly after his father's death. The precise meaning of some of the details is uncertain but it is clear that it was intended to be a celebration of George's early achievements and a reminder of his family's humble origins. George is pictured seated, while Robert is to the right of the picture. Seated on the floor is Elizabeth, George's second wife. His first wife, Fanny, is also shown holding a little girl. The standing figures to the left of the painting are George's parents, Robert Stephenson Senior and Mabel Stephenson. In the background is Killingworth Main Colliery.
George Stephenson established the Clay Cross Coal & Iron Company and opened pits at Tapton, Brimington and Newbold. He lived in Chesterfield from 1938 until his death in 1948.
Where to see this painting?
Chesterfield Museum & Art Gallery
St Mary's Gate, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, S41 7TD
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More on this painting
commissioned by Robert Stephenson; transferred from Chesterfield Town Hall, 1994